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Turton Golf Club

#1 Post by mschaffel » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:24 pm

Folks,
Some pictures from a site visit to Turton golf club for a star party in Oct
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Re: Turton Golf Club

#2 Post by mschaffel » Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:50 pm

Folks,
We're getting close to the evening at Turton Golf club on Thursday 18th Oct 2012. Setup will be from 6ish with the Golf club members turning up 7 to 7:30pm

The plan is, if the sky is clear to bring as many scopes as possible and share the night sky through our scopes with the members of the Turton Golf club.

If the weather is poor I'm preparing a set of slides to give them a brief tour of the night sky and the Society.

If your planning to join us can you let me know over the next week, to allow Turton Golf club to prepare food (Hopefully Pasties :-) ) can you also let me know if your planning to bring your scope?

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Re: Turton Golf Club

#3 Post by rwilkinson » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:06 pm

Thanks Mike, I'll be there.
If I bring my Celestron CG5 mount & tripod, we could put the BAS StarWave or SkyMax on it.
I'll also fetch my 15x70 binoculars, on another tripod.

Will you post a map of how to get there?

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#4 Post by mschaffel » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:20 pm

Thanks Ross,

Try this link to a google map I've setup with Turton golf club on there.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid= ... 3,0.169086

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Re: Turton Golf Club

#5 Post by bbones » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:53 pm

Count me in I will bring one of by scopes and some Binos

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Equipment for Turton Golf Club event

#6 Post by rwilkinson » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:50 am

I suggest that we'll need the following BAS kit to support the event:
  • Projector
  • Large projection screen
  • BAS banner
  • Green laser pointer
  • StarWave refractor
  • Vixen Sphinx mount (with fully-charged battery)
  • SkyMax Maksutov
  • NexStar SLT mount (with fully-charged battery)
So if you have any of this kit out on loan, please (check it beforehand) and bring it along on the night.
Or if you're not able to come along, get it to another Member who is.

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Targets for Turton Golf Club viewing?

#7 Post by rwilkinson » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:35 am

Sunset is just after 6pm (BST), and Nautical Twilight begins at 7:21.
The new-ish Moon sets just before 8pm, so it will be properly dark after that (but we'll be able to look at the crescent Moon earlier in the evening).
And Jupiter rises just after 8pm, so we should be able to catch it low in the NE before packing up.

There's a bright pass of the ISS just after 7:
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ISS pass prediction from Heavens-Above.com
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and we should see it briefly again around 8:40, rising in the West before entering the Earth's shadow:
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ISS pass prediction from Heavens-Above.com
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But further afield, Cygnus and Lyra will be high in the sky, so we'll be able to look at Albireo and the Ring and Dumbell nebulae.
The M13 globular cluster, the Double Cluster and the Andromeda galaxy will also be quite high in the sky.

Any other ideas?

AWalmsley

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#8 Post by AWalmsley » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:54 pm

Is this a public event then, since it's now on the home page? I assumed it was just for the golf club members and ourselves.

I have the Vixen mount but the battery is nearly flat and I don't have a charger. I'll bring the kit back on Tuesday and hopefully, someone can charge the battery before Thursday.

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BAS in space!

#9 Post by rwilkinson » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:26 pm

Chatting with Antony (our Publicity Officer) earlier, we were joking that we should find a way to publicise the Society in space.
Well, I've done it!

I used my Amateur Radio station (G6GVI) to transmit a data-burst up to the International Space Station, which it then re-transmitted from orbit.
This re-transmission could be received by any ground-stations in range (i.e. most of Europe). One of these was another Amateur near Waterford, who then relayed it onto the Internet.
The data I sent gave the location and time of our star-party on Thursday:
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So keep an eye out for any visiting space-men on Thursday!

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Re: Turton Golf Club

#10 Post by rwilkinson » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:10 am

AWalmsley wrote:I have the Vixen mount but the battery is nearly flat and I don't have a charger. I'll bring the kit back on Tuesday and hopefully, someone can charge the battery before Thursday.
That 12V battery (BAS125) is now charged, and I'll bring a couple of mine along too, so we shouldn't be struggling for DC power.

Mike and I tested out the green laser-pointer from the car-park after last night's meeting, and it was very impressive - that hint of moisture in the air made the beam show up very clearly.

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